Responding to COVID-19
As the ACRES Project prepares to gradually restart in-person programming, the health and safety of our participants, staff, and community is our #1 priority. Here's what we'll be doing to welcome you back safely:
Our COVID-19 Safety Plan
- The temperatures of everyone entering ACRES will be checked with a contactless infrared thermometer upon arrival. Those with a fever, history of illness, or potential exposure to COVID-19 will not be permitted to attend.
- Face masks are required for everyone while inside the building. We understand that wearing a mask can be difficult for those with sensory needs, but it is a skill that can be learned, and it is important to help keep everyone safe!
- Programs will take place outdoors in our large green space when feasible. Some of our programs, including self-advocacy groups, have been moved entirely online via Zoom.
- Participants will be reminded to wash or sanitize hands upon arrival at ACRES and to maintain at least six feet of physical distance from others they do not live with.
- In-person Day Program is limited to no more than 10 adults, including aides, present at one time.
COVID-19 Resources for the Autism Community
Autism Speaks has compiled a great collection of free online resources from the COVID-19 Autism Research Community Task Force to help people with autism and their loved ones navigate the challenging new world created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The site contains a wide variety of ready-to-use, evidence-based tools and tips specifically designed for use by adults with autism, their families, and professionals. Links include tips on working from home, mental health resources, videos on making mask-wearing more tolerable for those with sensory needs, at-home exercise programs, and many, many more resources for a wide variety of support needs. We encourage you to make use of this valuable resource and hope that you find it helpful.